To me, Christmas will never feel quite right unless it is white. Cold, crisp and bathed in white. And this year is no exception. One of my family's favorite traditions over the holidays is to clear a rink on a pond or river and spend part of each day skating with friends and family. Sometimes there's a fire to roast hotdogs or just huddle by to keep warm with a thermos of hot cacao. I'm not much of a skater myself (but I have to admit a darn good goalie!), so most times I sit back and take in this classic small town tradition we have all grown to love. Today though, I was so struck by the countryside covered in a blanket of white, I had to pass on the hockey game and venture out on the country roads. I absolutely LOVE my Canadian winters!